GRAND TOUR OF KAZAKHSTAN

EXCLUSIVE 12 DAYS TRIP

Experience the essence of Kazakhstan with Aveneer

INTRODUCTION

See the highlights and most of Kazakhstan with a tour planned just for you.

There is no limit to how much you can see and do in Kazakhstan in just one trip. Being the 9th largest country in the world, it could take months or years to discover every corner of it. Our experienced Travel Consultants have surveyed the best locations in the country and put together an itinerary highlighting the must see attractions to give you the best experience money can buy.

Visiting canyons, hiking for a breathtaking view as a reward, indulging in the finest Kazakh cuisine, we got it covered for you in this 12D11N package. Start the journey in Almaty where you will have an introduction to the city, walk along the exact same roads as the ancient Silk Road where you will be able to purchase art and pottery from vendors who have been trading for generations. Almaty is a green city where one will notice an abundance of trees and flowers during the summer, making the walk pleasant and cool.

Continue your journey by exploring and discovering Almaty Region, where we will take you to hot springs in the East, and to an underwater forest lake in the south-west. As some attractions sometimes require long drives, come ready to be pampered by traveling in our luxury vehicles where we ensure your comfort and safety.

End your journey by visiting Astana, the new capital of Kazakhstan where you will have a tour of the city to visit its main attractions. You will then be whisked away to a paradise called Borovoe Lake, dubbed as Kazakhstan's “Little Switzerland”. Many locals visit this gem during the Spring and Summer to escape the city and to soak in its unscathed nature and marvellous beauty.

 

Best time to travel

March - November

 

GRAND TOUR OF KAZAKHSTAN:

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • LUXURY
    ACCOMODATION
  • MEALS UNLESS OTHERWISE
    SPECIFIED
  • TRANSPORT
  • PERSONAL
    TOUR GUIDE
  • TICKETS & ENTRANCE FEES
    TO ALL TOURIST
    ATTRACTIONS
  • LOCAL SIM-CARD
    (UNLIMITED DATA)
  • PERSONAL
    CONCIERGE
  • AIRPORT
    TRANSFERS

SUGGESTED ITINERARY

12 DAYS  11 NIGHTS

HIGHLIGHTS: 

  • Almaty
  • Charyn Canyon
  • Chunzha Hot Springs
  • Medeu Ice Skating Rink
  • Shymbulak Ski Resort
  • Big Almaty Lake
  • Green Bazaar
  • Borovoe
  • Astana - Kazakhstan's new Capital
  • Tamgaly 

INCLUDED: 

  • Amazing Sightseeing
  • Local Flights
  • Canyon Barbecue
  • Hot Springs
  • Hiking
  • Traditional Sauna
  • Gondola and Cable Car Ride
  • Gastronomic Experience
  • Oriental Dance Performance
  • Eagle Show
  • Local Delicacy Tasting
  • Lakeside Picnic

NOT INCLUDED: 

  • Horse Riding
  • Zip-line park
  • Vintage car ride
  • SPA treatment
  • Parachuting
  • ​Paragliding
  • Rock Climbing with Instructor
  • Boat Ride
  • Casino Tour
  • Rafting, Kayaking
Day 1

On the day of your arrival, you will be met at the airport of Almaty- biggest city of Kazakhstan. Later comfortable car will be taking you in the direction of the city on the new highway that runs through the foothills of Trans-Ili Alatau. At that moment you'll get to see magnificent mountains the city is surrounded with. We know you've had a long flight, so the first destination of your trip is restaurant Alasha where you will try Kazakh national cuisine. Then you will be accommodated in a luxury hotel where you can relax after a flight.

 

Day 2

Second day is devoted to explore the so called "southern capital" of Kazakhstan - Almaty. Our experienced tour guide will lead you to the park of 28 Panfilov Guardsmen located in the central part of Almaty where you will learn about Kazakhstan, and its vital role during the Soviet Union era. The park surrounds the  Zenkov Cathedral, a unique cathedral built out of wood in 1907 using special techniques. Taking a stroll around the park we will see the Monument of Glory followed by the Eternal Flame located not far from the cathedral. The large Monument depicts Panfilov soldiers standing up staunchly to guard the wall of Kremlin from German Nazis during the Second World War. Grand Soviet architecture of the Officers House and the museum of musical instruments are also very popular among visitors of the park. The tour will continue with a brief visit to the Green Bazaar (local food market).  Guests will take a cable car ride to  Kok-tobe - the highest point of Almaty to enjoy dinner in a traditional yurt restaurant.

 

Day 3

Day 3 continues with exploring Almaty surrounding mountains. You'll have a walk in First President's Park then depart to 3 Bears Glade where we'll visit picturesque waterfall and have forest picnic. Next stop is the Big Almaty Lake - one of the most picturesque places located 2511 meters above the sea level in the charming Trans-Ili Alatau mountains. If you like mountains, you will surely like this gorgeous place as we drive up and make a stop at the viewpoint for some great photos. You can hike up the mountain, go down to the lake or simply enjoy the scenery and a beautiful sunset. On our way down you will have a chance to collect water from Alma-Arasan spring and visit Sunkar Falcon Farm reserve to watch an amazing show with birds of prey like steppe eagles, falcons and vultures.

 

Day 4

In the early morning after having breakfast car will be waiting for you outside the hotel to take you to a big trip. First destination is the Charyn National Park with stunning Charyn Canyons. Be prepared to witness nature made castles, walls and arches that have been there for over 12 million years. After canyon sightseeing there will be barbecue down in the canyon! Having stomachs full, you'll depart to next place in the list - unique Chundzha hot springs resort located in Uighur region of Almaty. The place is popular for its geothermally heated groundwater that is good for your health and skin. After checking in in the hotel, guests will have free time to swim in hot springs and then proceed to delicious dinner. 

 

 

Day 5

On day 5 trip continues with amazing lake Kaindy where dry fir trunks come out of water. Once here was a fir forest but devastating earthquake in 1911 created a natural dam, so water occupied the gorge that became Kaindy lake. Now it is a major touristic attraction of Kazakhstan. Hidden in the pine and fir forests, the lake is perfect place to rest your soul and clear your mind. After a long walk guests will have delicious open air lakeside lunch and depart back to Almaty.

 

Day 6

After having breakfast in the hotel guests will visit Republic Square that for 80 years (during Soviet period and Independent Kazakhstan until 1997) was the main Square of the country that had witnessed all major event happening in Kazakhstan. Then you'll continue with Medeo which is the highest skating rink in the world built half a century ago. Lying in the gorge, it is surrounded by Trans Ile Alatau mountains and long has been one of Almaty's visit cards. Then cable car ride awaits you, where you'll able to see all the beauty of the region with your own eyes. Cable car will stop in Shymbulak - Almaty's most prominent ski resort. After  Shymbulak you will be escorted back to the city where you will have a chance to indulge yourself in warm and relaxing atmosphere. Arasan Wellness & SPA offers exclusive spa treatments in russian & finnish saunas, turkish hamam and the moroccan spa ceremony to give your body and mind a good rest.

 

Day 7

Next trip awaits you at day 7. You'll visit famoust Tamgaly Tas petroglyph site, which is included in UNESCO World Heritage list. This is the most famous and well-studied art monument of ancient people on the territory of Kazakhstan. It was estimated that there are 5000 petroglyphs and the majority of them are dated Bronze Age, but in some cases Iron Age and Medieval. After taking memorable photos with ancient drawings, you'll have a picnic lunch near petroglyphs and optional kayaking or rafting in close located Ili River.

Day 8

It's time to change hotel. We check out from the hotel in the city and drive to Lesnaya Skazka resort, which is located in the picturesque place near Almaty. The place has a variety of activities, from horse riding, to hiking in the mountains, from ice skating to playing paintball. Bravest ones can try 7 tracks of the trolley park "Spirit of the Tien Shan". Guests will have dinner in the resort's restaurant and spend a night in traditional yurt, chalet or tree house depending on choice. 

 

Day 9

Today is a big day because you will travel to the capital city of Kazakhstan - Astana. Once the breakfast is over and you are all packed the driver will take you to the airport to catch a flight to the capital city. 

 

Day 10

Next day we will take you to Borovoe - which is another nature masterpiece of Kazakhstan, 2.5 hours drive from Astana. The place is famous for its gorgeous mountains, magnificent pine trees, crystal clear lakes, and rare in beauty and uniqueness landscapes.  Here one can enjoy breathing a clean curative air, take a walk through numerous forest trails to collect mushrooms in the woods, go hiking or climbing mountains or simply take a break from the usual urban routine and try to achieve harmony in the soul, body and mind.  You will check in hotel in Borovoe.

Day 11

Have breakfast and check out the hotel we say goodbye to this wonderful place and drive back to Astana. There we will hit straight to the airport and get a flight to Southern Capital Almaty.  

Day 12

This is the last day of your tour. Remaining time until your flight is free is of plans, just let us know what you would like to do. We may suggest you shopping or getting souvenirs. It is up to you. Depending on your flight time there will be breakfast, lunch or dinner. We transfer you to airport and wish you the most pleasant flight! 

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BEFOREYOUGO

Getting in

The most convenient way to get to Kazakhstan is to take a flight to one of the two largest cities, Almaty or Astana.  Kazakhstan's national airline "AirAstana" offers direct flights from the follwoing cities: Urumqi, Beijing, Seoul, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Delhi, Dubai, Tehran, Baku, Tbilisi, Antalya, Istanbul, Kiev and Moscow.

For guests traveling form South East Asia we suggest the quickest route via Bangkok or Kuala Lumpur. 

Please contact us and one of our travel consultants will be glad to assist you with planning your journey.

Visa to Kazakhstan

Citizens of the following countries can travel to Kazakhstan visa-free:

  • Up to 14 days: Hong Kong
  • Up to 30 days: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Philippines, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Romania, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Turkey, UAE, Uzbekistan, USA
  • Up to 90 days: Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Mongolia, Russia, Ukraine

If your country is not stated above, you will need to obtain a visa to the Republic of Kazakhstan. Please contact us for visa support and assistance with your visa application.

 

Currency and Credit Cards

The local currency is the Kazakhstan Tenge (KZT). Currency exchange in Kazakhstan is very well developed - it is easy to exchange most popular currencies like USD, EUR, GBP in bank branches, airports and exchange points as the latter is opened 7 days a week.

VISA and MasterCard are widely accepted throughout the country in most shopping malls and restaurants. For withdrawing cash, one can turn to nearest ATMs located all around the city.

Weather

Climate in Kazakhstan is continental. You will experience a vast difference in temperatures and climate while traveling through the country.

Summers in Kazakhstan are warm with average temperature at around 30 *C (86 *F). During winters the average temperature drops down to -20 *C (-4.0 *F).

The best time to travel is from April to October when temperatures are moderately warm, as well as the period from December to March for winter enthusiasts.

Kazakhstan is a sunny country, some regions enjoy the sun up to 330 days a year.

Local Cuisine

Kazakh traditional cuisine is based on a few main ingredients such as meat, bread/dough and some dairy products.  Due to the challenging weather conditions and nomadic lifestyle food had to be easy to prepare, very nutritious and contain a lot of fat to provide energy.

Kazakhstan boasts its organic fruits and vegetables that are grown locally, delicious natural honey with numerous health benefits, finest caviar as well as the signature chocolate products. 

The tea culture is very prominent, Kazakhstan is believed to be among the top countries in the world for tea consumption; almost every meal is followed by tea in Kazakh families.

Apart from a regional cuisine a wide range of restaurants is also available for tourists with cosmopolitan appetite for Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Italian, French, Korean, South East Asian and Indian cuisine with some vegetarian options.

 

Language

The national language is Kazakh as well as Russian language as both of them have the same status. More than 70% of Kazakh citizens speak Russian fluently thanks to the Soviet Union times. 

Kazakh language however is very different from Russian in its nature, and is not as widely practiced by the city dwellers as compared to the rural and country dwellers. Although the Russian language is more common, local people will react extremely well if you speak even a little Kazakh.

Religion in Kazakhstan

The Republic of Kazakhstan is often called the crossroads of civilizations. Since ancient times various religions were formed and developed on the territory of modern Kazakhstan. Archeologists have found here traces of Buddhism, Zoroastrianism, Nestorianism and Tengrism. 

Today, Kazakhstan is a modern, secular state promoting ethnical and religious diversity and tolerance. A multinational country with a long history of ethnic groups living together, Kazakhstan is peaceful country where Kazakhstani citizens of different religious backgrounds live in harmony.

The majority of population in Kazakhstan practices Islam. Muslim population is largely made up of the ethnic Kazakhs, Uzbeks and Tatars. The second most practiced religion is Russian Orthodox Christianity, with the majority of adherents being ethnic Russians, Ukrainians and Belarusians.

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